Post # 1
I have just found out that my husband and I have to take a short trip to Detroit for business. The business is in downtown Detroit, but we are open to staying either downtown or in the suburbs.
Does anyone have any recommendations for hotels? Hopefully not too much more than $100 per night? I am looking at The Henry in Dearborn (they have good last minute deals), but am concerned about the neighborhood. Is it safe? What are the casino hotels like? Where would you stay?
Also, since we will be there for two days, what should we see? Are there any restaurants we really shouldn’t miss? Neither one of us has ever been there, so we know nothing.
ANY help at all would be very much appreciated!!
Post # 3
I’m not sure which hotel you’re talking about, but I live in Dearborn and generally it is safe! I’ve never been to the casino hotel’s so I can’t help you there. I’d stay away from the Double Tree on Ford Road. The comfort inn on michigan ave. is in a better location, but i’ve never stayed there before. You must eat at a middle eastern restuarant while you are here. Try LaPita on Newman in Dearborn. Also, Greenfield Village/The Henry Ford Museum are awesome, they are maybe a mile from La Pita. You can also look into a tour of the Ford Rouge plant. It’s a neat perspective on car manufacturing. The riverwalk in downtown detroit is very pretty at night. We usually go to a Red Wings game and then walk the riverfront back to our car. Slows BBQ on michigan ave in detroit has amazing BBQ. If the Wings are playing while you’re here and you’re sports fans you could catch a game. I don’t recomment the people mover, or as my dad calls it, the mugger mover ;). Apple Orchards are all over and now is a great time for them in Michigan. We prefer Erie Orchards. Its about an 1 hour 15 minutes from detroit but you can pick your own apples and pumpkins. If you venture off that far stop at Chateau Louise. Its a little dive place that has AMAZING seafood and HUGE burgers. I hope I gave you some idea’s, any other questions just ask 🙂
Post # 4
I <3 Detroit!
The Henry Autograph in Dearborn is in a very nice area and is a very nice hotel, but there are cheaper hotels in that same area if you’re concerned about the cost. It’s a safe area, and it’s very close to the Henry Ford Museum, which is AMAZING. You should definitely see it!
If you like theater, there is some amazing theatre in Detroit. The Fox, the Fisher, and the Masonic are all beautiful buildings, and you can find out what they’re playing here:
If you like art, the DIA is very impressive. The Detroit History museum is nice, but it has nothing on the Henry Ford.
If you want to go to a casino I like Greektown the best. Also, it’s a really cool area to see and a delicious area to eat. If you’re down there, you should stop by the Astoria Pastry Shop. Another delicious place to eat is Slow’s BBQ.
There a hundreds of things to do just outside the city as well. Where are you from? If you’re not from the midwest, I’d suggest going to one of the better apple orchards (my favorite part of fall) and there are a lot of really cute towns that are fun to walk around.
I don’t really know what your interests are or what you’re looking to do, but hopefully that’ll give you a place to start 🙂 Let me know if you want more ideas or have any questions!
Post # 5
Thank you both SO much for all the recommendations! I will definitely have to try Slow’s BBQ, if you BOTH mentioned it, it must be really good (and I know I won’t have any trouble talking my husband into eating BBQ).
I don’t know that we are really planning on doing anything in particular, but I am definitely going to mention the Henry Ford Museum to him. Now I’m really excited to go!
Post # 6
The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino is the nicest of the 3 downtown. Greektown Casino is in a great area, filled with wonderful Greek restaurants along with other bars and restaurants. The suburbs around 15 miles north of Downtown are the best for shopping and dining. Royal Oak and Birmingham have very cute downtowns with restaurants and shops. Royal Oak also has a great Zoo which is open year round. Somerset Mall in Troy has the best shopping. PM me if you want more information.
Post # 7
I could not have given a better Detroit agenda than that! Well done! lol
The only thing I would add depending on when you go is ice skating in Campus Martius Park which is great and a fun way to be in the City. (http://www.campusmartiuspark.org/amen_icerink.htm)
Another fun thing is to try and go to a Red Wings game which would be downtown and there is nothing like Hockey in the D!.
And the Henry Ford Museum is a MUST!!! I know a couple bees who will have their wedding there!:) )
Hope you have a great trip!!! 🙂
Post # 8
If you’re looking for a great place to eat in downtown, Mosaic has awesome food!
Post # 9
If you go to Slow’s try to go in between lunch and dinner or the wait will be over and hour.. that place gets packed! And I second skating at Campus Martius and would like to add seeing something at the FOX Theatre if possible!
Post # 10
Love reading these suggestions…we’re new to the area and are looking to take advantage of what the city has to offer! Thanks for the post and all the replies ladies!
Post # 11
If you’re up for a fancy meal, try Coach Insignia.
Downtown, one hundred and seventeenth floor (I think), all glass double story windows overlooking the skyline all 360 degrees.
The food is also fantastic.
A little on the pricey side, but very nice and worth going!
I went for Valentines Day once with Fiance – it was very romantic. 🙂
Post # 12
Ah so many cool palces to visit.
Cliff Bells has awesome reomantic feel and live jazz music if you like it, right downtown.
Centaur block from it has awesome martinis and small plates.
Mosaic and Slows have good food. (Slows is really slow)
I actually love Ciao in Dearborn. Delicious 🙂
Roast is a good experience too a bit more pricy.
If you will be in Dearborn there are lots of good Middle Eastern restaurants that you can take advantage of. LA Pita, or Ollies are my favs.
The Henry is nice. (Close to Henry Ford Museum) I would also recommend Dearborn Inn, that is more of a true Motor City experience.
Casinos are alright.